Thoughts like Fish

Many awesome passages percolate up from the thick tome that is Roberto Bolaño’s The Savage Detectives (Picador Edition). “…[S]trange ideas would come to my head. Ideas that were like dead…

Cliven Bundy – Welfare Queen

We have finally found the fabled Welfare Queen, first postulated in the Reagan Era, but only now has its existence been confirmed. And it was an easy discovery since this…

Attention to the Next Generation

A great line from Evelyn Waugh, said by a doctor no less, Dr. Puttock: “Some people even think that a disproportionate attention is given to the next generation.” (The End…

A War on “Casual Violence”

Something about the phrase “casual violence” really tugs at my backbone. I think because it seems to exist in that first, early stage of literary writing, a buzz phrase from…

David Backes is…

The lopsided loss that unceremoniously dumped the USA Hockey Team from the 2014 Olympics was unfortunate (although being a fan of Kari Lehtonen, I confess to some ambivalence), but at…

Breaking Bad did NOT Oiler it

And it wasn’t just the perfect musical choice at the end (and throughout) of the episode. The highlight for me, beyond “Baby Blue,” was Walt’s parting admission to Skyler, “I…

The Confused Kryptonian

There are some good parts to Man of Steel, but overall the movie stands on some really shaky reasoning. For one, if Jor-El’s consciousness controls Zod’s ship, why doesn’t he…

Moths and Snails and Slugs

I recently critiqued the writing style in Swamplandia!; however, there was at least one passage that had a lasting impact on me: “Outside our porch had become a cauldron of…